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Dr. Tyreasa Washington

Photo of Dr. WashingtonDr. Tyreasa Washington (Department of Social Work) lectured on “Examining Maternal and Paternal Involvement as Promotive Factors of Competence in African American Children in Informal Kinship Care” at The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in South Africa.

Addressing social work staff and students, Washington said: “Grandparents or other relatives are raising over 2.7 million children in the United States and research suggests that the birth parents of these children maintain varying levels of involvement with them and their relative caregivers. However, the impact of birth parental involvement on children’s developmental outcomes remains largely unexplored.”

She discussed the role of maternal and paternal involvement – each birth parent’s contact with the caregiver, contact with the child, friendliness to the caregiver, and quality of relationship with the child – on competence levels of African American children in informal kinship care. “Exploring these relationships is pivotal, especially given the various psychosocial benefits associated with social and academic competence,” said Washington.

She is associate professor in Social Work and principal investigator of the Kinship Care Pilot Study.

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